West Hallam travelled to bogey team Allestree at the weekend, a team that over previous years, regardless of form, have always managed to pull out a performance and defeat White Rose.
Captain Tom Lockhart made a good start to the day by winning the toss and inserting Allestree.
Without the services of opening bowler Kristian Tingle, Lockhart gave Marcus Hill the new ball along with Angad Singh.
These were the only two bowlers who had the chance to bowl for West Hallam as Singh proved just too quick for Allestree and he blew away the top order taking 6 for 25, five of which were clean bowled.
Singh was ably supported by Hill who claimed 4 for 32 as Allestree were bundled out for a dismal 66.
The run chase didn’t get off to the best of starts as both openers were dismissed early on.
This saw Singh come to the crease and Allestree’s opening bowler looked set for some revenge as he attempted to unsettle Singh with some short pitched bowling.
But the combination of a small leg side boundary and medium pace long hops resulted in a few maximums being added to the score.
Singh fell for 22 attempting to finish the game quickly but that was the final wicket to fall as Lockhart (16*) and Lee Barrow (10*) saw West Hallam to their total in just 16 overs.
It was the turn of Mugginton to visit Cock Orchard and they arrived to find a West Hallam team looking to add another win to the tally after turning over table-topping Ashover last weekend.
West Hallam were asked to bat by the Mugginton skipper and were bowled out on the final ball of the innings for 177.
All of the batsmen chipped in throughout the innings with eight of the 11 reaching double figures.
The top scorer was 14-year-old Joshua Boswell who played well for his 28 before getting out looking to accelerate the scoring.
After the interval Hallam’s opening bowlers allowed Mugginton to get off at a good pace, reaching 50 without loss in just ten overs.
Captain Jeff Lockhart then rung the changes and the bowlers responded as Mugginton were bowled out for 119.
Robert Goulding claimed 4-26, Anthony Henshaw 2-14, Simon Walker 2-22 and Robert Lathbury 2-40.
Back to back wins for Hallam will have banished the early season jitters as they look set to plan a late assault on the top two.
The thirds travelled to Cutthorpe this weekend and when they arrived captain Roy Ling lost the toss and Hallam were asked to bat first.
With recent results not going Hallam’s way Ling knew only a positive result would do if his men were to begin climbing clear of the drop.
A total was needed and Rob Palfreyman (51) and Scott Wright (33) grafted hard on a tough wicket and Hallam managed to compile 173 from their allotted overs.
The game would be decided in the first 15-20 overs of the second innings and Ling was overjoyed to see Luke Thompson hit his straps and grab himself four wickets.
The Cutthorpe batsmen recognised the Hallam bowlers were posing a threat and decided to ensure they didn’t lose and settled for a losing draw ending the innings 141 for 7.
This result topped of a fantastic weekend for West Hallam with two teams winning and the other getting the better of a draw.